Police and fire briefs for April 21, 2013

2 arrested in vending machine break-ins

Authorities arrested two people Saturday accused of breaking into at least 10 vending machines in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes and stealing money from them.

Christopher Landrum, 26, 2441 Aubin Lane, Baton Rouge; and Christie Theriot, 38, 5210 Paducah Court, Baton Rouge; were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of criminal damage to a coin-operated device, simple criminal damage to property, theft, simple burglary and possession of burglary tools.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies responded April 15 to three incidents of damaged Coca-Cola vending machines at different locations around the parish, according to affidavits of probable cause.

Baton Rouge police, who had been investigating about 20 vending machine vandalisms since February, arrested Landrum and Theriot on Saturday after they allegedly damaged a Coke machine and a dryer at a Claycut Road apartment complex, the affidavits say.

Landrum told authorities he and Theriot had damaged at least 10 machines.

Babysitter accused of breaking infant’s leg

Baton Rouge police arrested a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of breaking a 4-month-old child’s leg.

The child’s mother told Our Lady of the Lake staff and police Feb. 16 that Robert Grant baby- sat her son for five hours the day before and the child would not stop crying when she returned home, an arrest warrant says. She brought him to the hospital, where an X-ray showed a spiral fracture to the right femur, the warrant says.

Grant initially told hospital officials he might have rolled over on top of the baby while they slept and later said the child might have fallen from his lap, the warrant says. Hospital officials told police neither story was plausible based on the type of fracture suffered by the child.

Grant, 13912 Rampart Court, was booked into Parish Prison on Friday on one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles, the warrant says.

Man arrested after police chase

A Denham Springs man accused of leading East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on a chase down Old Hammond Highway, slamming his truck into a patrol unit and shoving a deputy was arrested Saturday morning.

The incident started when police were called about a man who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, beating on the front door and windows of woman’s residence on the 15000 block of Old Hammond, an affidavit of probable cause says. The man, later identified as Jonathan Allen Howell, 23, sped out of the parking lot when deputies arrived, the affidavit states.

Deputies followed Howell to Regency Nursing Home on Old Hammond Highway, where he slammed into the driver’s side of a car in the parking lot, the affidavit says. When deputies exited their car, Howell put his truck in reverse, rammed into the front of the patrol unit, then sped forward and narrowly missed a propane tank before stopping at a fence, the affidavit says.

Howell exited the truck and shoved one of the deputies several times before another deputy deployed his stun gun, the affidavit says.

Deputies booked Howell, 24580 Connie Drive, into Parish Prison on three counts of aggravated criminal damage to property, two counts each of hit-and-run and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer and one count each of first-offense DWI, flight from an officer, impersonating a police officer, disturbing the peace/intoxication, resisting an officer with force or violence.

Caretaker accused of stealing credit card

A caretaker at a Baton Rouge nursing home accused of stealing a credit card from a resident and charging more than $4,800 on it between Aug. 8 and Nov. 4 was arrested Friday.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Alicia Denol Augustus, 25, 6220 Vale Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on 35 counts of access device fraud, two counts of forgery and one count of theft of assets of an aged or disabled person, according to an affidavit warrant.

Security camera footage at a local Rite Aid store on Oct. 27 showed a person later identified by nursing home staff as Augustus making two purchases using the victim’s credit card and forging the victim’s name on the receipts, the warrant says.

The schedule at the nursing home in August showed Augustus working in the same unit where the victim lives on the days before the credit card was taken, the warrant says.

Twelve arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 12 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Andra Bell, 30, 9667 Cassie St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required, driver’s license not in possession and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Brad Boudreaux, 20, 4639 Sweet Briar St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and right turn on red prohibited.
  • Spencer Cedor, 26, 10204 Springrose Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper left/right turns and failure to signal/improper turns.
  • Adrian Chinn, 32, 4208 Gwendolyn Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
  • Marvin Heard, 30, 2727 Boyd Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, drinking in a motor vehicle, equipment violation, reckless operation of a vehicle and driver’s license not in possession.
  • Simone Landry, 41, 9260 Vidalia Lane, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, driving over the median and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Shannon Miles, 44, 23681 Stonegate Drive, Denham Springs, third-offense DWI, failure to maintain control/careless operation, operating a vehicle while driver’s license suspended for prior offense and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
  • Hayden Polenz, 18, 809 Summer Breeze, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless driving.
  • Rickey Porter, 57, 4345 Sherwood St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Charles Ross, 31, 9435 Thayer Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, improper lane usage, driver’s license suspended/revoked and disobeying a red light.
  • Jessica Wells, 24, 4900 Claycut Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, following too close and license plate required.
  • Sarah Young, 33, 11474 Flamingo Drive, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, insurance required, driver’s license suspended/revoked and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.